Using EMS Data
The collection and use of data in EMS systems nationwide is key to the improvement of operations, provider safety and patient care. It’s also vital in supporting the efforts of others in reducing death and disability, such as highway safety and public health officials. That’s why collecting, analyzing and sharing data is a critical piece of EMS Agenda 2050’s vision for a people-centered EMS system.
The Office of EMS has a long history of supporting the collection and use of standardized EMS data. Together with its Federal partners, NHTSA continues to innovate, fund and support a variety of efforts, including the National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS), a collaborative system designed to improve patient care through the standardization, aggregation and utilization of point-of-care EMS data at a local, state and national level.
Nationwide EMS Incident Data
The National EMS Information System (NEMSIS) standardizes data collected by EMS agencies and provides the framework for collecting and sharing data from States and Territories.
National EMS Dashboard
This dashboard of motor vehicle crashes shows up-to-date information of EMS activations across all 50 States, three Territories and Washington, D.C.
EMS Data in Use
From statistics about the opioid crisis and COVID-19 to a traffic crash database for highway safety, data is applied across the country to help solve complex public health problems.
Request EMS Data (NEMSIS)
Visit NEMSIS.org to request the 2021 NEMSIS Public-Release Research Dataset and the Data Cube, among other resources.
Collecting Good Data
The more accurate and complete the information from patient care reports, the better it can be used to improve patient care and public health and help keep providers and patients safe.
Other Data Standards and Sources
Access these other resources and research to better understand the state of EMS in the U.S.